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et minister is killed in a protest in the west bank. witnesses say he died after israeli troops fired tear gas at him and dozens of other protesters. france's last remaining hostage finally comes home, serge lazarevic was freed by al qaeda after three years in captivity in north africa. and malala yousafzai get set to receive her nobel peace prize. the human rights campaigner survived a near fatal attack by the taliban. she's the youngest laureate ever.
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also coming up for you this hour, a judge in oscar pistorius case has cleared the way for prosecutors to once again seek a murder conviction on appeal. the double-amputee track star has been sentenced to five years in jail for the lesser charge of manslaughter after he admittedly killed his girlfriend. and allowing more shops to open on sunday, will it help the french economy echoed -- the french economy? more on that coming up. ♪ i'm jeannie god gillette in paris. --godula in paris. first, a palestinian minister has reportedly died after being hit by israeli soldiers in the
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west bank for some he was reportedly planting trees in ramallah at the time. for more information on what happened, let's bring in gallagher for an. what can you tell us, what details have come out? gallagher fenwick, if you can hear us, let us know what information you have at the moment. gallagher, please go ahead. next excuse me -- >> excuse me for the technical issue. the circumstances of the death of this palestinian minister are still somewhat murky. different elements are coming into us, israeli defense forces saying they are looking into it. from the palestinian side, we are gathering is that this man was at the helm of a delegation of protesters trying to land -- to get to land that
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was held by israeli forces. he was hit on the head and fell down after the use of tear gas. it is unclear whether he died there or fell to his demise after being taken to the hospital. angry reactions coming from the palestinian leadership president mahmoud abbas, and this barbaric, and saying that steps will be taken. members of thought talk, the ruling party in the west bank, are saying -- the members of fatah, the ruling party in the west bank, are saying this might be an end to talks between the parties. there are likely some serious developments over this.
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a diplomat told us that from what he can remember, this is the very first time that a current minister of palestine, a minister of the government, was killed by israeli forces. and he's insisting at this moment on the test for impunity usually given to israeli forces on these types of events. >> gallagher, thank you for that. the man who was the last remaining french hostage held by a terrorist group is now back home in france. serge lazarevic was freed tuesday by al qaeda's north africa branch. he was kidnapped from his hotel in northern mali three years ago. mark has the latest. >> for hostages were -- four hostages were freed in october.
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a 20 million euros some was paid in part by the hostages employers. in the report, serge lazarevic's kidnappers asked for the same. >> france is not negotiate and pay ransoms, but they pressured the african president especially when it comes to seeking the release of people held by al qaeda. correct several people were instrumental in his release, including -- >> several people were instrumental in his release, including the president and the team he appointed. but it's the same team who a few months ago were able to start negotiations with hostage takers and secure his release. >> one of the key men is mohammed ekoteh. he is believed to have gone to a remote location to negotiate. they were arrested in mali and held in bamako. is this the trade-off he wanted
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jacob -- he wanted ? click -- >> of the organization in northern mali has been weakened, and that is why it sought negotiations. >> 3000 are employed in five countries in the battle across in the grab. --negraihb. >> let's take a look back on the story so far. >> back on french soil at last serge lazarevic was greeted by family and the french president at the airport of the outscored -- outskirts of paris. he spent the last three years in captivity under al qaeda in the islamic country. >> being a hostage is
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complicated. it is not easy. but life is beautiful. being free again, i did not know what friedman was for some i had forgotten. -- what things -- i did not know what freedom was. i had forgotten. >> he was recently freed after being taken hostage for three years. his colleague was shot last july. he claimed he was killing was carried out over revenge for france's interference in mali. >> i would like to send a clear and civil message to the french people who live in dangerous places. do not go to areas where you might be taken. >> serge lazarevic's freedom was
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negotiated by officials in mali as well as france. it was unclear what led to his release. france does not pay ransoms or exchange prisoners for hostages but did not rule out that others may do so on the country's behalf. >> turning now to the senate report on torture that was released tuesday. he said the u.s. used brutal interrogation techniques that did nothing to make america safer in the wake of 9/11. >> did the cia's torture techniques help catcher -- capture terrorists, including osama bin laden? a question that white house homeland security adviser skirted on tuesday. >> there is a question and there are debates about efficacy. i think one thing that is true is some of these things are inherently not knowable.
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>> but the review did have an answer. after 6 million pages, it said the investigation did not help capture bin laden or save lives. the director of the cia counterattacked tuesday, saying torture did "help their plans." clicks what they have not shown any real or detailed way -- >> what they have not shown in any real detailed way that the torture techniques were relevant. >> he said they were necessary to gain leverage. >> what can i offer someone when the various groups say you cannot do anything other than raise your voice certainly at a terrorist you have captured? and you will not do waterboarding or anything else. what is the point of capturing them?
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you might as well have done a drone strike in the first place. >> this cia issued a rebuttal of the report, saying the techniques were effective. one notable republican exception , john mccain. he said it often produces more bad than good intelligence. >> 60-year-old kailash such rt is being honored for his decades of work against child labor in india. in a long time -- alongside him is a girl that has been called the bravest child we can think of, 17-year-old malala yousafzai. she is being awarded for her work in pakistan where taliban militants try to kill her three years ago. >> malala wanted to share the moment with her friends.
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two of them were wounded with her in the 2012 taliban attack on their school. since surviving the dramatic assault where she was shot in the head malala has seen her life completely change. the youngest nobel peace prize laureate has become the force of the struggle for girls writes education -- for girls rights education. >> i receive letters and cards every day and everyone send their best wishes. it strengthens me in the fight for education. we are not alone. there am millions who want to fight for education. >> now age 17, she travels around the world to spread her message, addressing leaders of the united nations, into nigeria to address the girls who were abducted by boko haram islamist fighters, and visiting syrian refugee camps in jordan. her life has been turned into a
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book, an autobiography that causes heated debate in pakistan. critics in her home country say it lead thousands of private schools to hold an anti-malala date every year. she now lives in the united kingdom in birmingham where she was treated after the taliban tried to kill her two years ago. >> a south african judge has ruled that prosecutors can appeal oscar pistorius's acquittal on murder charges. he was convicted of the lesser culpable homicide charge in the death of his girlfriend, reeva steenkamp. he has been sentenced to five years in prison, but could be released to house arrest after just 10 months. some cinema news for you now with the french release of a new film that was awarded at the cannes film festival. it focuses on the northern region of mali that was overrun by islam extremists in 2012. here is more on the film called
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"timbuktu." [phone rings] islamic extremists seize power. what's more, a reign of terror. it's a sad i go of the real events in mali in 2012 -- a sad echo of the real events in mali in 2012. the film's director wanted to show the courage of local people who tried to resist the extremists, while living through this horrific ordeal. >> when something like this happens, even when we don't identify with the victims, there is a problem when you don't identify with them. what is important is people are johnson by this kind of thing. flex -- >> it earned applause
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from the critics, but failed to go home with a prize. the press has heaped praise on a film that they say serves as a powerful weapon against barbarity and fanaticism. >> it's important to show that islam is the victim here. somewhere along the line, this religion was hijacked. these murderers are in there on way making it something dangerous. religion is peace. >> with echoes of the recent events in iraq and syria timbuktu is a country and society in english. a poetic study of religious extremism. but the thumb comes out today here in france. -- >> the film comes out today here in france. a cabinet minister in palestine has been killed in the west bank. the witnesses say israeli troops fired tear gas at him and dozens of others. france's last remaining hostage
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finally comes home. serge lazarevic was freed by al qaeda in north africa after three years in captivity. and malala yousafzai get set to receive her nobel peace prize. the girls rights campaigner survived a near fatal gun attack by the taliban and is the youngest ever laureate. we have flow for the headlines. let's start to the reaction to the report on torture from the cia. but it is a leading story in the u.s. media today. it's a long report, over 500 pages long. the papers have summed up the report. the daily beast points out the most gruesome moments of the cia "torture" report, the rendition programs for even more nightmares than you can imagine according to the daily beast. there were reports of detainees
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standing on broken legs, nonstop interrogations, and even more gruesome details than i will -- that i will spare you. x it is, indeed very graphic. and there is a sense of outrage coming from the u.s. papers. >> absolutely for some i have pulled out one editorial, but there are many that are outraged at this report. one talks about the horrors in americans dungeons that should never have happened. it damaged our reputation, says the washington post. it is not how americans should behave ever. that is what the editorial says today. nothing can justify these actresses. to quote it, it says, "torture is wrong, whether or not it ever worked to come -- it ever worked." the "new york times" straight up asked the question. they talk about cases where the cia claims it's tactics thwarted
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plots and led to the capture of terrorists, for instance, the killing of osama bin laden. but this article points out that in each case, the senate committee's findings were that the torture was ineffective in obtaining intelligence. >> and yet, the use of torture still has many defenders. >> absolutely. a lot of cia defenders are coming out of the woodwork's following the publication of this report. the "new york times" talks about torture apologists and chief among them is the former vice president, the cheney. he says even before the senate report came out, he claimed that torture had produced valuable timely intelligence. there is a very interesting op-ed piece in the wall street journal. it is a joint rebuttal, actually, that was penned by six former cia directors and deputy directors, including the former cia director that has really been in the spotlight, george tenet. you can see the title here.
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it says that cia interrogations saved lives. thousands of lives, according to this article. and to quote the article, it says "in the 13 years since the 9/11 attacks come out that i has not managed another attack on the strong desire to do so. the cia aggressive counterterrorism actions are responsible for that success to ." and these men have actually launched a website called >> lipscomb back to france where the leading story you today is the release of france's last hostage held by -- let's come back to france where the leading story here today is the release of france's last hostage held by militants, serge lazarevic. >> he was abducted in mali in november, 2011.
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the last french hostage is free, the front page of the parisian. the details are still shrouded in mystery. the one key question is whether or not a ransom was paid. this article says that according to certain sources, there was some sort of compensation. that could either be a ransom, or some sort of prisoner exchange. the french authorities have staunchly denied this, because the official french policy is not to pay ransoms. >> another big story in france completely different, the ecology minister back in the spotlight for her comments that have been deemed controversial over the use or nonuse of log fires in homes. >> that is right. the reason is such a big story here in paris, at least, is that january 1, chimney fires will be banned in paris and the neighboring region.
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authorities in the region that has been charged by paris have put this ban in place as an anti-pollution measure. but it has sparked a lot of anger here. a lot of people are very attached to their chimneys. the ecology minister yesterday to clear ban was excessive and ridiculous. -- the clay or was excessive and ridiculous. -- she declared the ban was excessive and ridiculous. earlier this year, for instance, she suggested making toll rose -- toll roads free over the weekend. critics were saying she was encouraging people to hop in their cars and drive around. this article says, does she know she's ecology minister dr?
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it is quite harsh and it says what she is is the queen of hot air. >> time now for business. stephen carroll is here with us. let's start with the details of this controversial package being presented today by the french government on economic reform. >> the measures are designed to boost economic growth and create jobs. and there are controversial changes, particularly to the laws around sunday trading. currently, shops can open just five sundays a year. this would increase that to 12. there all caps -- also questions about the legal profession and what fees they can charge. he defended the measure, despite opposition within the ruling party for some >> it does not take away any rights for anybody. it is important to highlight
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this. many people are against it, but it is not big -- a reason for giving up. it's good for our economy and our well-being, and we need that. the three main goals will be to open up the french economy, to innovate, and to work hard. more on this, let's go to the presidential palace and speak to our -- >> for more on this, let's go to the president to palace and speak to our correspondent kate moody. what more did we learn about the details of this package of measures? >> we did not get a huge number of new details steven, but we did hear a strong defense from the prime minister and his economy minister, the man whose name is being put on this bill. we heard them trying to shift the focus away from these more controversial proposals, as you said about the sunday opening and opening up to more regulated professions. they were focusing on these
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three principles, trying to open up the french economy, trying to innovate and invest in it, and the third principle being putting the french people to work on the economy. they said the french governments may not -- main priority will be to create jobs. when asked how many jobs these proposals would, in fact being -- be creating, the minister said it is to have a more indirect effect on the economy. again, this idea of creating space, flex ability for businesses to do more business. he took this example of the possible of all of the public transport system as a symbol of what he hopes to a college. he said it would make it easier for french people to get from town to town, opening up the roads to competition and new routes. he pointed to neighboring germany as an example where they said they saw a 180% increase in the number of people traveling by bus when they enacted similar
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reforms last year. as you heard him saying just now, they insist this law is not about taking any privileges away from anyone. it's about opening up, creating more flexibly within the french economy. and it doesn't hurt that a lot of these reforms are designed to try to convince brussels that the government is taking serious steps to try to reduce its budget deficit and ease structural reforms that the eu has been -- and to create structural reforms that the eu has been calling for. >> what do they have to say about trading? >> this issue has completely divided anyone who has heard about it. some people on one side have said it is not going to do enough to create any durable jobs to really make a difference. on the other side, the less -- the more left-leaning side, they are saying it is going against the party principles, everything the party stands for.
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what we heard from the prime minister and the economy minister was their assist -- their insistence that they are not trying to change the fundamentals of society. really, they are just trying to give the business as an option of staying open 12 rather than five sundays. the idea of sunday rest will remain the rule in france. and they are insisting that it is important for social and family life here, and that it is an opportunity for businesses to try to stay open and do more business. judging from the controversy that this has already generated we have not heard the end of this particular question. this idf sundays, i think it will be the main focus of parliament when intakes of the reform debate in january. >> we will follow that when it happens. >> talk us through what is happening in the markets for some >> it is a better day than yesterday. -- >> talk us through what is happening in the markets.
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>> it is a better than -- a better day than yesterday. we saw the afternoon stock exchange lose -- athens stock exchange lose yesterday. today, down again by a slighñqm?xq/p
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